Migrant children in Texas were forced to endure "ice boxes"

Imagine being taken into a room. It is cold – very, very cold – and you shiver under the single layer of clothes that is all you are allowed to wear. The room is concrete and entirely bare: nothing on the walls, no furniture, no bedding of any sort other than the thin sheet you have been given. The only window allows guards to look in at you, but gives you no view of the world outside.

You sit in the room, huddled on the cold, hard floor, seeking warmth under the sheet. The room is lit by neon lights that are kept on 24 hours a day, and after a while you lose track of time. Is it day, is it night – you no longer know. Though there are many other people in the room with you, they are all strangers and no-one speaks to you. You are utterly alone.

And you are 7 years old.

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Prismas Basálticos | ©Guillermo Palacios  (Huasca, Hidalgo, Mexico)

These basaltic prisms are located in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, just only an hour and a half from the city of Mexico. It is a natural rock formation which was formed millions of years ago by the rapid cooling of lava; the stunning prisms are characterized by variations in gray and black color, besides having hexagonal shapes, pentagonal and quadrangular. The larger columns have a height of 40 meters.